Rams complete second-straight weekend sweep, bring down Wagner 4-3

Final Score: VCU 4, Wagner 3
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 9-5 (0-0), Wagner 3-7 (0-0) 

The Short Story: Timely hitting and solid pitching were the stories for the VCU Rams today as they finished off the three-game sweep of the Wagner Seahawks. A start of six scoreless innings on the mound from Jonathon Ebersole and a three-RBI day from Mitchel Lacey led VCU to victory. 

LEADING OFF

  • Mitchel Lacey had three of the Rams four RBI's on the day, going 1-for-1 with two sacrifice flies.
  • Jimmy Kerrigan was all over the diamond today going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.
  • Having a solid day as well was Cody Acker, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • Jonathon Ebersole gave the Black and Gold a great start going 6.0 innings, scattering seven hits, and only walking one batter, and striking out one.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • The Seahawks made things interesting through the first two innings, threatening with base runners. Ebersole was able to pitch around a double in the first inning, while he left the bases loaded in the top of the second.
  • It would be the Rams to break through first, as Lacey knocked a single to left field to score Acker from third. The hit would give the Black and Gold an early 1-0 lead.
  • The Rams would tack on two more in the fourth when Kerrigan doubled home Darian Carpenter on a 3-2 pitch. After Acker moved Kerrigan to third, Lacey would hit a sacrifice fly to center field to push the Ram lead to 3-0.
  • Lacey would deliver another sac fly in the sixth to right field scoring Kerrigan again giving VCU a 4-0 lead.
  • Ebersole found his groove and pitched six scoreless frames, giving up seven hits, walking one, and striking out one.
  • Jack Alkire would relieve Ebersole in the seventh and allow Wagner's first run when a wild pitch scored Trey Nicosia cutting the lead to three, 4-1.
  • Wagner found some late life in the ninth when Nick Mascelli singled through the right side with one out. The next batter, Ben Ruta, would then double in the left center gap moving Mascelli to third. The catcher, Phil Capra, would then step up and deliver a two-RBI single to left field making the score 4-3. Sam Donko would then record two strikeouts to shut the door, giving VCU the 4-3 win.

FROM THE BULLPEN 

  • Donko has recorded a save in each win of the Rams three-game sweep of Wagner.
  • Ebersole got his first career win in black and gold.
  • Acker recorded two more hits pushing his team leading average to .340.
  • The Rams got their second straight weekend-series sweep moving their record to 9-5. 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action on Tuesday, March 15 when they travel to in-state rival VMI for an afternoon tilt. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Gray-Minor stadium.